Free to a good home: All My Darling Daughters

Have you been meaning to sample the work of Fumi Yoshinaga but don’t know where to start? Here’s your chance to win a copy of Yoshinaga’s All My Darling Daughters (Viz), which has garnered more than a little critical praise since its release:

“The storytelling style and the stories themselves all echo familiar manga tropes, but in Yoshinaga’s hands they have grown up and become something rich and strange—and highly entertaining.” Brigid Alverson, MangaBlog

“In addition to all of this thoughtful, integrated writing, Yoshinaga also employs her distinctive artistic style in the service of the story.” Michelle Smith, Manga Recon

“At times haunting, and at times very sweet, this book isn’t easily classifiable. It even has some occasional humor, and I love Yoshinaga occasionally slipping into caricature when she’s drawing Yukiko’s snarling face.” Sean Gaffney, A Case Suitable for Treatment

“And while I enjoyed Ooku and Antique Bakery, I think that All My Darling Daughters is my favorite comic from Yoshinaga to date.” Greg McElhatton, Read About Comics

“With this book, Yoshinaga really focused on a group of people, digging into their motivations and examining their relationships with one another.” Dave Ferraro, Comics-and-More

“Reading it can sometimes be like watching a soapy drama on television (Lifetime, anyone?). However, Yoshinaga is a master of insight, familial relationships, and human behavior, and this insight in behavior gives this book a poignant ending that makes the volume worth reading.” Leroy Douresseaux, Comic Book Bin

“It’s unusual to see family and relationship conflicts of this type in comics, especially portrayed in such a raw fashion with such insight. There are plenty of father/son struggles (especially in American comics), but few that tackle the frustrations and unique constraints of being a mature woman.” Johanna Draper Carlson, Manga Worth Reading

And here’s my review.

To enter, simply send me an email at DavidPWelsh at Yahoo dot Com that mentions your favorite comics mother or mother figure. By “favorite,” I don’t automatically mean the character that fills you with greeting card feelings, and if your tastes run more in the direction of Medea than I Remember Mama, that’s absolutely fine. If you already have a copy of All My Darling Daughters but still want to sing the praises of a compelling comics mom or grandmother, please feel free to do so in the comments.

Deadline for entries will be at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

5 Responses to Free to a good home: All My Darling Daughters

  1. […] on the web, David Welsh is giving away a copy of Fumi Yoshinaga’s All My Darling Daughters at The Manga Curmudgeon… in case you haven’t been on Twitter today, Yen Press just […]

  2. Jen Dunbar says:

    I already have a copy, but I just thought I’d chime in.

    Due to imprinting on them when I was a teenager, I sort of adore Akira Ijyuin’s twin moms from The Man of Many Faces. Yeah, they’re weird and irresponsible and request that their son steal weird crap for them–but something about the entire concept still manages to crack me up all these years later.

  3. […] have a winner! Congratulations to Ahavah for winning a copy of Fumi Yoshinaga’s All My Darling Daughters (Viz)! I asked entrants to name their favorite comic mom (by which I mean mothers or mother figures from […]

  4. […] The last time I did one of these giveaways, I focused on fictional moms. This time around, we’ll concentrate on the father figures. […]

  5. […] My Darling Daughters, written and illustrated by Fumi Yoshinaga (Viz): This book has garnered a lot of critical acclaim since its release, some of it from me: “Everything is more complicated than it seems in […]

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